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All signs point to a Sky Blues Grand Final win over Victory

Thu, May 4, 11:17am by Head Editor

Preview: A-League Grand Final

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory

Date and Time: Sunday May 7, 5:00pm AEST

Venue: Allianz Stadium

TV: Fox Sports

It’s the Grand Final that we all wanted to see, with the top two teams all season long and the two biggest teams in the league set to battle it out for the Championship on Sunday.

The “Big Blue” is set to pit Sydney FC – who’ve been defeated just once in 28 league matches this season – against Melbourne Victory – who finished 17 points behind in second place.

Unlike most other soccer leagues around the world, the Sky Blues need to win Sunday’s Grand Final to cap off a dream year with the Championship. Had they been playing in England for example, then they would have already been crowned Champions.

As you’d expect, especially given that Sydney won all three meetings against this week’s opponents throughout the season (2-1, 2-1 and 1-0), that win – in a market settled on regular time plus any injury time – is priced at $1.80 with the draw at $3.75 and a Victory win at $4.33.

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Should we go past 90 minutes and into extra time, then the competition leaders get even shorter. The “to lift the cup” market – for a win inside the 90 minutes, extra time, or penalties – sees Sydney at $1.32 and Melbourne at $3.30.

This will be the third time that these great rivals will meet in the decider, in 2010, Sydney FC won on penalties, in Melbourne, before Victory got their revenge five years later, also in Melbourne.

The first goalscorer market is also a popular market on Grand Final day. Sydney’s Brazilian striker Bobo is at the top of the list at $6, followed by Victory talisman Besart Berisha at $8.

Milos Ninkovic has had a massive week, winning Monday night’s Johnny Warren medal for the league’s most valuable player. He’s an $11 shot to hit the back of the net first and a $6.50 favourite to win the Joe Marston Medal for man of the match.

Sydney’s attack has been applauded all season long and rightly so but a stat that I had to double check was the goals conceded column, which reads 12, yes that’s right, they conceded just 12 goals all season long.

Allianz has been a fortress for Sydney this season, they’re unbeaten in 15 starts at home this campaign. I initially liked them to get it done inside the 90 minutes, but I’ll be taking the $1.72 for both teams to score.

Suggested Bet: Both teams to score: $1.72

Sportsbet Market

Grand Final

Market settled on regular time (90 Mins + injury time added on by the referee)

Sydney FC $1.80

Draw $3.75

Melbourne Victory $4.33

Handicap Betting

Sydney FC (-1.0) $2.88

Handicap Draw (-1.0) $3.60

Melbourne Victory (+1.0) $2

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 Goals $1.77

Under 2.5 Goals $1.97

Joe Marston Medal (Man of the Match)

Milos Ninkovic (SYD) $6.50

Bobo (SYD) $8.50

Alex Brosque (SYD) $9.50

Filip Holosko (SYD) $10

Besart Berisha (MV) $10

James Troisi (MV) $10

Marco Rojas (MV) $10

Joshua Brillante (SYD) $12

Brandon O’Neill (SYD) $14

Lawrence Thomas (MV) $15

Danny Vukovic (SYD) $15

Bernie Ibini-Isei (SYD) $18

Carl Valeri (MV) $18

Rhyan Grant (SYD) $18

Leigh Broxham (MV) $18

Fahid Ben Khalfallah (MV) $18

Jordy Buijs (SYD) $18

David Carney (SYD) $19

James Donachie (MV) $20

Alex Wilkinson (SYD) $20

Matt Simon (SYD) $20

Michael Zullo (SYD) $23

Jason Geria (MV) $23

Alan Baro (MV) $23

Daniel Georgievski (MV) $23

Nick Ansell (MV) $26

Mitch Austin (MV) $26

Milos Dimitrijevic (SYD) $26

Jai Ingham (MV) $34

Rashid Mahazi (MV) $34

First Goalscorer

Bobo $6

No Goalscorer $10

B Berisha $8

A Brosque $7.50

M Rojas $13

F Holosko $7.50

J Troisi $15

M Simon $8.50

G Howard $19

B Ibini-Isei $9

J Ingham $21

M Ninkovic $11

M Austin $21

D Carney $13

F Ben Khalfallah $21

G Blackwood $13

R Mahazi $41

J Brillante $26

S Nigro $51

B O’Neill $26

C Valeri $51

Milos Dimitrijevic $26

L Broxham $67

J Buijs $34

D Georgievski $67

M Zullo $51

Alan Baro $81

S Ryall $51

J Geria $81

A Wilkinson $51

J Donachie $81

R Grant $51

N Ansell $81

A Calver $51

To Lift the Cup

Sydney FC $1.32

Melbourne Victory $3.30

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